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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Hardcover – Oct 1 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764162462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764162466
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.3 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,405,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
I did not enjoy reading this book but the descriptions and characters kept me going. It was definitely a tough start - I found it very boring - and I really didn't care much for anything about the story, but the descriptions of the things they came across in their journey were great.

The trio, plus Captain Nemo, were very easy to tell apart from each other, and I was grateful for that as their names stuck in my head quickly. Ned Land ("the Canadian") was my absolute favourite, however he did feel very different in the start of the story than he did once they entered the Nautilus. He seemed like a respectable and stoic man at first, but the rage and vulgarity that he later displayed were always fun to read. In fact, I couldn't help but laugh out loud at this description of him, definitely making it my favourite quote of the story: "Ned Land did not speak, but he opened his jaws wide enough to frighten a shark. What powerful breathing! The Canadian 'drew' like a stove in full combustion."

Verne definitely has a way with description in this story, as I've mentioned, because I really enjoyed the way the fish and oceanic world were described. Even if the goal [of escaping the Nautilus (hide spoiler)]was the last thing I cared about, the way the characters interacted with their colourful world definitely excited my imagination.

I was sad with the way the story ended though, as I did want to find out about Captain Nemo's past, but at least the way it ended did make it feel finished despite how abruptly the escape happened.

I don't think I'd ever read this book again, even if I just wanted to keep exploring his narration. I can't even say I'm glad I read it at all, but even though the plot just didn't have me excited at least I got to look at Verne's storytelling through description.
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Format: Paperback
This is without a doubt the best translation of Jules Verne's 1870 science fiction classic "Vingt mille lieues sous les mers" ("20,000 Leagues under the Sea"). This translation by two Verne scholars, Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter, takes all the knowledge available on the book and its author to not only make an accurate and readable complete text (early versions often omit a full quarter of the French original) that fixes the many errors of earlier translators, but also purges the text of many mistakes that were made by the original French compositors. The research and work that went into this translations is really quite stunning, and the result is a text that really lets Verne's genius shine: "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" is not only a brilliant piece of scientific prophecy, but also a thrilling story with superb, subtle characterizations.
The plot is familiar: Captain Nemo, an enigmatic figure who has withdrawn himself from the world, tours the oceans in his submarine called the Nautilus. We see this journey of 20,000 leagues (approx. 43,200 miles) through the eyes of Professor Pierre Aronnax, a scientist who is both Nemo's guest and prisoner. Also aboard with Aronnax are his manservant Conseil and a gruff ship's harpooner, Ned Land. The Nautilus encounters many wonders and obstacles on its long voyage: underwater forests, giant clams, attacks by huge squid, imprisonment in ice at the South Pole, monster storms, a war with a pack of sperm whales, and the discovery of the lost continent of Atlantis. But as something deep and destructive gnaws away at Captain Nemo, his prisoners seek a way to escape from the miracle ship.
In the English-speaking world Jules Verne has rarely received in the praise he truly deserves as a writer.
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I could not believe this version of 20,000 leagues under the sea. I learned so much from this book. All the other movies and stories that I heard about Captain Nemo were not even close to all the adventures that he goes on in this book. When I think about the movie by Walt Disney and then remember the book I realize that the movie was about 1/4 of the books adventures.
All the adventures that I never heard about before like the hunt on the sea floor with the electric bullets, the Arabian tunnel under the sea, Santorin Island the Grecian Archipelago, the volcanoes of the Mediterranean, the Bay of Vigo with all the treasures, the size of the mountains in Atlantis, the adventure at the South Pole, the fight with all the sperm whales, his home Island and the production of salt to run his electric engines.
There is so much more to this story than what I have heard before and in this edition the foot notes are excellent. I especially like the story of Arachne and how the name of Arachnid came to mean spiders. The footnotes explain all the literary references which are helpful to understanding the characters. There is so much information here about the sea world in an adventure that makes each moment exciting.
Verne must have done so much research for this book to get all the scientific information correct. I never thought they knew all those things about the sea at that time.
I was surprised by the character of Nemo who never seemed to go after anyone unless he was attacked. The whole idea that he chased after all forms of warships was something made up in Hollywood. Nemo never seemed to want to even deal with people. The story of Nemo's life at the end of the book explains many of his behaviors.
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